Demba Ba has sent Chelsea into the FA Cup semi finals with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Monday in their quarter-final replay.
The quarter final replay came to life four minutes into the second half when Ba exquisitely hooked the ball over goalkeeper David De Gea to set up a Wembley meeting with Manchester City.
United was denied an equalizer on Petr Cech’s stunning one-handed save to block Javier Hernandez’s close-range header. That save even had Hernandez congratulating the goalkeeper.
Antonio Valencia surged forward and whipped a cross that Hernandez met with a diving header. Cech tipped it away with his left hand.
Chelsea is on course for a fifth FA Cup triumph in seven seasons, but is only fourth in league play following Saturday’s loss at Southampton.
Chelsea will play Manchester City on April 14 at Wembley, a day after Wigan takes on Millwall in the other FA Cup semifinal.